Lamont Marcell Jacobs one thing is clear: “I don’t want to take any risks.”
The 100m Olympic champion sets training plans for the 2023 season, but hopes to avoid a repeat of the last two years when he suffered a mid-season injury that limited his form.
This marks a slightly different approach ahead of the outdoor campaign, which will culminate in August’s World Championships in Athletics in Budapest, Hungary.
Italy still plans to compete on World Indoor Athletics Tour this winter will start on February 4 with the bronze Copernicus Cup in Lodz or the silver Meeting de l’Eure in Val-de-Reuil, France.
But speaking to Gazzetta dello SportJacobs says he has changed his usual off-season setup.
Marcell Jacobs winter training
The 28-year-old wants to stay healthy this season after injuries in 2022 led to his withdrawal from the semi-finals of the 100m World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
“My winter training started on October 24, later than usual,” said Gazzetta. “Last year at this time I was already using starting blocks and spiked shoes. Without them, it’s generally better for my muscles, although it can cause problems for my hamstrings as my feet are in contact with the ground for longer.
“The solution is to run… slowly, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I did many reps at 120, 150 meters, up to nine (reps). “.
However, one of the problems he found was the lack of suitable training partners.
“I’m looking for someone who can run 10.3, 10.4 in 100m so that I can share the most intense sessions with him,” said Jacobs. “It’s hard to find an amateur runner in Rome who is flexible, or a professional runner who could relocate to Rome.”
One possibility the Italian has shared is the sprinter from Ivory Coast Artur Cissé“But the Ivory Coast federation has not yet given the green light.”
Another change to Jacob’s routine from previous years is the location of his camp in warm weather in December. He trained for six years in Tenerife, Spain, but will move to the Middle East this year.
“I’m going to Abu Dhabi, I’ll check the training facilities and if they’re good I’ll use them for my traditional training camp in January. After six years in Tenerife, I feel the need for a change, although my coach is a bit worried about it.
Marcell Jacobs schedule for 2023
The Italian intends to start the indoor season in Poland or France and head to the national indoor championships in Ancona two weeks later.
This will be followed by one or two events before European Indoor Championships the first week of March in Istanbul, Turkey – but then things get complicated with the outdoor season.
“I plan to race Diamond League as much as I can but I don’t want to take any risks – for the last two years I injured myself in May and it must not happen again,” Jacobs said.
Who is his biggest challenger in 2023?
Jacobs named two men he fears in the coming year – and they may come as a surprise. No, not world champion Fred Kerley – “he was an Olympic silver medalist behind me” – nor fellow world medalists Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell.
Instead, Jacobs says, “I have an eye on Botswana (Letsile) Tebogojunior world record holder and Jamaica Seville (diagonally)the only one who beat me in 2022 because I was injured. “
Marcell Jacobs’s new friends outside of athletics
Jacobs was also busy outside of athletics.
He spends more time with his family, marrying his wife Nicole Daza in September. “My life outside of sport is important to my balance, starting with my family,” he said. “Nothing really changed after we got married, but it was an important step for me.”
Besides, he made some new famous friends.
Football star of Manchester United and Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo now follows the Italian treadmill star on social media which helped Jacobs exceed one million followers on Instagram.
“I exchanged a few messages with him on WhatsApp,” said Jacobs. And in Abu Dhabi later this week, Jacobs will meet another of his idols.
“I will take part in the last Formula 1 Grand Prix of this season and join my idol O.J. (Odell Beckham Jr.)NFL champion from LA Rams, in some promotional events.